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Thursday, January 30, 2014

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THE BARKER FAMILY

This is one of a  series of posts in which I'll list what I've already
learned about one of my family lines. I'll also include a "To Do" list of
things I need to do to learn more. I'll do this alphabetically. This post will
be about my Barker ancestral line.

I know more about my Barker family line than any of the others except for my
Ellingwood ancestors. I have 96 document images for different members of the
family as well as some pictures. These include:

-the Will and Probate of immigrant ancestor Richard Barker who settled in Andover, Ma.
 around 1643 and died in 1693. I don't know the maiden name of his wife, Joanna.They
 were my 8x great grandparents.

-the Will & Probate of Benjamin Barker (1663-1750) my 7x great grandfather.

-the Probate of my 6x great grandfather Jonathan Barker (1706-1750). He's the first of
 three Jonathan Barkers in a row.

- the Revolutionary War Pension file of my 4x great grandfather Jonathan Barker (1754-
  1824) who with his brothers settled the Sunday River region of Maine.

-the War of 1812 Pension File of 3x great grandfather Nathaniel Barker  (1794-1884) of
 Newry, Maine.

-the Probate of my great grandfather Frank Wesley Barker (1865-1905). He was the son
of my 2x great grandfather Nathaniel S, Barker. Frank married his first cousin Charlotte Lovenia Barker, whose father was my 2x great grandfather Amos H Barker. Amos and Nathaniel were brothers.  (I need a simpler way to explain that.)

I also have Federal Census images for some of them.

Among the pictures I have:

My great grandaunts Lela, Mary, Melinda & Hannah Barker.






2x great grandparents Amos H. & Betsey (Moore) Barker.



To Do List:
There's quite a lot more I need to work on with the Barkers. They were a prominent family
in colonial Andover, North Andover, and Methuen, Ma. and I need to study those towns' histories for a more complete picture of how involved the Barkers were.

Among those matters is their part in the Witch Trials. My 7x great granduncle William Barker Sr., his son William Jr, and niece Mary were both accused and accusers. I want
to analyze the documents having to do with them.

Finally, I want to make a few day trips up to the Andovers and Methuen to visit the cemeteries and historical societies there.

1 comment:

theb_oc said...

I was so excited to see your post today. I have been researching the Barker family for a while now. Richard Barker Sr. and his wife Joanna? are my 9x great grandparents. I started to research the family because my grandmother Blanch Cowee who's mother was a Barker and is now gone never knew anything about her mother's family. I have gathered a lot of information and have even visited the Barker family farm in Bridgton Me built by Barber Barker (my Great Great Great Grandfather). I couldn't believe that I found another person doing similar research! I would love to share information. I even have some information about the witch trial that involved William Jr, Mary and Abigail (my great 7x g.grandmother). You can email me at theb_oc@yahoo.com

I was wondering about that picture you have that includes a Hannah Barker. I would be over the moon to find out that is Hannah (Durgan) Barker my great great great grandmother. She is the one that lived on the farm I visited. To have a picture of her would be incredible!

Thank you and take care
Bridget